COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 41

February 22, 2008

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Application for Response to Intervention (RtI) Pilot Sites

 

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is pleased to announce an invitation for school divisions to participate as 2008-2009 Response to Intervention (RtI) pilot sites. The department is seeking school divisions who are willing to pilot up to two elementary schools focusing on reading and mathematics interventions beginning in the 2008-2009 school year. Up to sixteen schools statewide will be selected. The purpose of the pilot program is to help school divisions implement the RtI process and to glean best practices to share with school divisions statewide. The department will provide federal funding for the technology and software needed for RtI data collection, training, and ongoing technical assistance in each pilot division.

 

An application is attached and contains a list of criteria that a school division must meet. It also includes questions related to school division plans for RtI implementation and how the essential components of RtI will be integrated. Each potential pilot school within the school division must provide information that includes 2008-2009 enrollment data, adequate yearly progress (AYP) status, demographic diversity, make-up of teaching staff, and instructional/intervention services already provided to struggling students. The attached application includes information on pilot participant expectations, requirements, and criteria for selection.

 

By definition, RtI is essentially the practice of offering interventions provided by the general education teacher and then evaluating the child's response. Interventions can also be delivered as supplemental instruction provided by other trained interventionists in the school. At the earliest signs of a child's failure to show adequate progress with peer-appropriate instruction, educators within the school can collaborate to make adjustments to instruction to fit the child's needs. RtI is grounded in research conducted by some of our country's leading educators. The model is a valid process for identifying and serving struggling students through collaborative efforts. As such, the department has developed a RtI guidance document entitled, Responsive Instruction: Refining Our Work of Teaching All Children Virginia's Response to Intervention Initiative. RtI is a framework that will enable us to continue to be responsive to the needs of all children as we move forward to ensure that each child in Virginia receives a quality education that is responsive to each individual's needs.

 

The Office of Student Services will host two informational meetings for all interested division superintendents, central office curriculum leaders, and principals who are considering submitting an application to serve as a pilot site. During these sessions, an overview of RtI will be discussed, as well as the criteria and expectations for being considered a pilot school division. There will be an informational meeting held at the James Monroe Building, Conference Rooms D and E, 101 N. 14th Street, Richmond, Virginia, on Friday, March 14, 2008. Parking is available at 14th and Cary Streets. Another informational meeting will convene at the Holiday Inn Tanglewood, 4468 Starkey Road, Roanoke, Virginia, on Thursday, March 20, 2008. Both meetings will begin at 9:30 am and adjourn at 12 noon. Please contact Susan M. Trulove by March 12, 2008, using the information below, if you plan to attend one of the informational meetings.

 

Completed applications must be received by the Department of Education by 5 pm on April 4, 2008.

 

Please submit applications to:

 

Susan M. Trulove

RtI Pilot Site Application

Virginia Department of Education

James Monroe Building, 20th Floor

101 N. 14th Street

Richmond, VA 23219

 

Faxed copies will not be accepted. Pilot sites will be selected by April 28, 2008. Technical assistance training for selected pilot sites is mandatory and will take place the week of July 7 11, 2008.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Susan M. Trulove in the Office of Student Services at: (804) 786-0720 or susan.trulove@doe.virginia.gov

 

BCKJr/smt

 

Attachment

 

a. 2008-2009 Application Packet for Virginia Response to Intervention (RtI) Pilot Divisions (Word)